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ENG: Jared Schutz Polis (born Jared Polis Schutz May 12, 1975) is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and U.S. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Polis and his life partner, Marlon Reis, are the parents of a son, Caspian Julius, born on September 30, 2011, making Polis the only openly gay member of Congress who is a parent. Early life, education and career Polis is the son of Stephen Schutz and Susan Polis Schutz. He attended the La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Princeton University. Business career Polis has founded a number of companies and is one of the 10 richest members of the United States Congress estimated ...
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Polis Calls on Congress to End Marijuana Prohibition

Speaking alongside industry advocates, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) called Wednesday for Congress to end the prohibition on marijuana, stressing the need to reduce drug violence while hailing the medical cannabis market's capacity for growing the economy. "Ending the failed policy of prohibition with regard to marijuana will strike a major blow against the criminal cartels that are terrorizing Americans and Mexicans on both sides of the border," Polis said at the National Press Club, in response to a question from Raw Story. "It's been estimated that the drug cartels drive about half of ...

Jared Polis has ideas for closing federal budget gap

Although the so-called Gang of Six's proposalfor averting debt-ceiling catastrophe is getting the lion's share of attention right now, Representative Jared Polis has floated some revenue-raising ideas of his own, which the media has largely winnowed down to this: Legalizing marijuana would help close the budget gap. But if that shortchanges some of his other notions, Polis's spokesman isn't complaining. "You can't really blame the media for focusing on a controversial issue when you raise a controversial issue," says Polis communications director Chris Fitzgerald. "If it brings attention to ...

Polis Announces Birth Of Son

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) is a proud father of a newborn baby, making him the first openly gay parent in the U.S. Congress. On Friday, Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, sent out an announcement about the arrival of their son, Caspian Julius, who is 8 pounds, 12 ounces. "Baby and parents are doing well, baby has learned to cry already! No gifts please, just nice thoughts for Caspian, humankind, the planet, and the universe!" read the announcement. Polis and Reis have declined to comment on whether it was a surrogate pregnancy or an adoption. “We are so thrilled for the congressman ...

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Polis joins civil rights leaders to unveil comprehensive LGBT equality bill
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) today joined Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI) and John Lewis (D-GA) and Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) to introduce a landmark bill that would extend civil rights statutes to end discrimination against LGBT individuals. Specifically, the Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other existing laws to prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in the areas of employment, education, credit, housing, federal funding, jury service, and public accommodations. The bill incorporates the substance of a bipartisan measure that Polis has introduced every session of Congress since 2010 – the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) – aimed at preventing discrimination against LGBT students in public schools. A companion measure to SNDA received a historic vote in the Senate last week, garnering the support of a majority of Senators. Today’s comprehensive bill al
Amendment to Prevent Discrimination Against LGBT Students Gets Historic Vote in Senate
An amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act that would prevent discrimination against LGBT students received a historic vote in the U.S. Senate today. The Student Non Discrimination Act (SNDA) was also introduced as a standalone bill in the House in February, and is authored by Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) in the House, and Senator Al Franken (D-MI) in the Senate. The measure received 52 votes in the Senate but fell short of the 60 needed for passage. “Far too many LGBT students across the country are bullied and harassed on a daily basis at school because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Polis said. “It needs to stop. LGBT students deserve the right to a safe learning environment, free from discrimination and harassment. “Today, a majority of U.S. Senators recognized this truth by voting to end bullying against LGBT students. While it didn’t receive the sixty votes necessary for passage, this
Polis, Quigley, Sánchez, Honda Urge Department of Education to Protect LGBT Students from Discrimination
Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), and Mike Honda (D-CA), along with 64 of their Democratic colleagues, today urged the Department of Education to step up efforts to protect LGBT students from the damaging effects of discrimination and bullying. In a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the 68 Representatives asked the Department of Education to use every avenue at its disposal to address the epidemic of abuse directed toward LGBT students in our nation’s schools. The letter calls on the Department to issue comprehensive guidance on schools’ obligation to stop discrimination against LGBT students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which the Office of Civil Rights has previously said prohibits discrimination based on based on gender identity and failure to conform to sex stereotypes. “Students who identify as LGBT are much more likely to be bullied at school than their peers,” the Representatives wrote. “W
Reps. Messer and Polis release statement on the introduction of the SAFE KIDS Act
Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) and Congressman Jared Polis (CO-02) released the following statement after the SAFE KIDS Act was introduced today in the Senate by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT): “We commend our colleagues in the Senate for their work on this important issue. We are glad to see that the SAFE KIDS act advances the principles put forth in the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act Congressman that we introduced in the House this year.  Evolving technology has forever changed the way teachers instruct and students learn.  It’s important that we continue to encourage innovation and harness its potential to improve student learning, while also providing parents and educators the certainty that operators cannot misuse student data. We look forward to working alongside you to pass a law that balances these priorities.” The Senate and House privacy bills represent the most significant attempt to protect student data in de

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